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2008 saw a major change for WWE programming, what with Vince deciding to move away from the adult demographic and instead return to primarily focusing on general viewing and family entertainment, hence the PG rating. This has sparked off much debate and criticism from fans, and 2009 certainly saw another major change what with WWE changing the names and themes of the majority of their pay-per-views.

While this tactic is admirable for being refreshing, it's certainly turned out to be hit-and-miss. I much preferred the old names like Unforgiven and No Mercy and shows like Breaking Point and Hell in a Cell were hardly revolutionary or mandatory events to behold. Bragging Rights on the other hand, is a theme change that I really approve of. SmackDown and Raw going head-to-head (again) to determine which is the superior brand is refreshing because it's been a while since WWE has played this card. The idea alone has merit, but it's really helped out by the quality of the card also.

Raw vs. SmackDown Bragging Rights Match
John Morrison (Intercontinental Champion) vs. The Miz (U.S. Champion)
The greatest tag team of 2008 have just continued to shine, what with their respective gimmicks, mike skills, wrestling ability and of course, their titles. This was a natural choice for opener and the two provide a solid bout. Deserved longer and the story-telling could've been better but it's still cracking action that sets the mood quite nicely. (8/10)

Raw Divas vs. SmackDown Divas Bragging Rights Match
Melina (Divas Champion), Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim vs. Michelle McCool (Women's Champion), Beth Phoenix and Natalya
This was a rather decent Divas match indeed, thanks to not outstaying its welcome, the action being good and five of the girls here being real pros and shining brightly. Melina, Michelle and Beth have long proven themselves, Gail and Natalya DESERVE more of a push and Kelly does okay. Not bad indeed. (6/10)

Fatal Four Way World Heavyweight Championship Match
The Undertaker (Champion) vs. CM Punk vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio
This is simply more proof why SmackDown is THE wrestling show on telly today. Anytime you put Taker and Batista together you get magic, and Mysterio and Punk both had an awesome 2009. With all participants at the top of their game, the result is a fast-paced, action-filled melee that reflects the wrestling quality that makes SmackDown what it is. The aftermath is REALLY worth-watching for a long-overdue heel turn. (9/10)

7-on-7 Raw vs. SmackDown Bragging Rights Match
D-Generation X (Raw co-captains), Big Show, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger & Cody Rhodes vs. Chris Jericho & Kane (SmackDown co-captains), Matt Hardy, Finlay, R-Truth & The Hart Dynasty
Ah, the decider for the Bragging Rights Trophy. And WHAT a decider. Fifteen minutes of brilliant action and story-telling that allows all involved to have their proud moment in the spot-light. The superb line-up of both teams really delivers, even Mark Henry doesn't take anything away from the overall quality. The outcome here is pleasing and so is the justification of which is the superior brand. Simply a terrific bout. (9/10)

60-Minute, Anything Goes Iron Man WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton (WWE Championship) vs. John Cena
They had a great rivalry in 2007, but let's be honest, in 2009, they'd milked this feud to death. Still, this long-awaited blow-off was excellent and once again shows why these two are such valuable assets to the WWE. There have been superior Iron Man matches in the past, but both Orton and Cena deserve credit for going so long and keeping the fans interested all that time. Taking away DQs and count-outs works as it makes for some fab brawling and great interference from Legacy and Kofi Kingston. Very creative overall with very, very little to criticise. Match of the night. (10/10)

So Bragging Rights can be called an excellent show indeed, due to its theme, and the bookers focusing much more on match quality instead of quantity. Extras-wise, there's only an exclusive interview with Chris Jericho but it's worth watching to see once again just how wicked he is. Bragging Rights isn't essential to own, but it certainly won't disappoint.
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on 20 July 2013
Bragging Rights 2009 is a awesome PPV therefor the DVD is a must wrestling fan. But I disappointed when I open the DVD and that don't brings a paper of matches that included and extras and normally this DVD's include that.
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on 15 August 2015

The Miz Vs John Morrison

A fairly good match to get things going at this event. Some exciting moments and a counter won the match. 6/10

Melina, Kelly Kelley & Gail Kim Vs Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix & Natalya

Typical Divas match with lots of hair pulling and screaming. It seems to me that this match was just on the match card to fill in some time. The best part of this match was the entrances. Bad match. 2/10

Undertaker Vs CM Punk Vs Batista Vs Rey Mysterio

This Fatal Four Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship was full of high impact moves and was quite entertaining. However, at the end of the match Batista attacked Rey Mysterio. Good match. 7/10

Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger & Cody Rhodes Vs Chris Jericho, Kane, Matt Hardy, Finlay, R-Truth, David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd

This match was just like a survivor series match with no eliminations. Big Show betrayed his team. Not the worlds best match. 6/10

Randy Orton Vs John Cena
This one hour anything goes iron man match for the WWE Championship was brutal and kept me on the edge of my seat until the final bell. The final fall came with four seconds left. One of the best iron man matches ever. 10/10

My overall rating for BRAGGING RIGHTS 2009 is 6/10

I would recommend this PPV to wrestling fans who like to see a variety of matches in the same show.
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on 22 February 2010
I will keep this review short, this is a great event,heck even the womans match is good. The iron man match is immense between orton and cena,lasted a hour and not a moment was wasted. This again emphasises that 2009 was a great year for the wwe.
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on 20 November 2011
John Morrison vs The Miz 3/5

Pretty decent opener to start the show off, with both superstars doing a lot of back and forth action.

Smackdown Divas vs RAW Divas 2/5

Poor divas contest to be fair, not a lot to say about it.

Batista vs Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk vs Undertaker 4/5

Very enjoyable fatal four way for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Nearly every single contender in the match, had a lot of close pin falls on becoming the World Heavyweight Champion.

Was not really happy with the after math of this match, where Batista turned heel, and attacked his former friend Rey Mysterio.

Team RAW vs Team Smackdown 4/5

A pretty good battle between the two largest brands in WWE.

A lot of domination by team Smackdown, who at the end were the ultimate superior brand to win the contest

John Cena vs Randy Orton 5/5

Match of the night and for sure the third best match of the year.

Wow what a war this was between the two, and going at it in 60mins.

A lot of domination split between the two, with Orton pretty much dominating Cena for most of the match.
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on 11 February 2014
fab, fab, fab. I love it when a dvd is exactly as it says and your child can get so much pleasure from watching it. I would really recommend this.
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on 14 May 2014
This is a great DVD, every wrestling fan should have this dvd in there collection fantastic matches. awesome awesome awesome
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on 8 November 2013
the world and wwe title matches where to me the best loved the event :) perfect couldn't ask for more :)
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on 2 October 2014
The ironman match is brilliant! Also, great twist at the end of the 5v5 match, very good solid PPV
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on 12 April 2011
bragging rights 2009

interbrand singles match
john morrison (smackdown) vs the miz (raw)
good little opener, both these wrestlers work well together, nice match to start the event

interbrand divas tag match
michelle mmcool, beth pheonix and natalya (smackdown) vs meline, kelly kelly and gail kim (raw)
like most diva matchs just skip, you really are not missing anything

world heavyweight championship
undertaker (c) vs rey mysterio vs cm punk vs batista
good match just too short for my liking, all four men put in some good moments, very nice to see a long overdue heel turn after

interbrand 14 man tag team match
chris jericho, kane, hart dynasty, finaly, matt hardy and r-truth (smackdown) vs triple h, shawn micheals, big show, jack swagger, cody rhodes, kofi kingston and mark henry (raw)
heard the saying to many cooks spoil the broth, that is exactly the case here, to many superstars in the match, nothing really stands as spectacular, every one gets about 1 minute of legal ring time, too cluttered for my liking

wwe championship anything goes 1 hour iron man match
randy orton (c) vs john cena
an okish match, im only saying that though due to the fact once the match gets over about 25 minutes the pace drops so much, orton really knows how to waste time, from then on the match turns into a 1 move 20 second rest, which really takes the enjoyment away an turns it into a boring match.

average event
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